Tom LaMarra

Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

Articles by Tom LaMarra

Mid-Atlantic States Move Forward With Racehorse Drug Reform

Industry stakeholders met Jan. 30 for an update on adoption of uniform medication and drug testing rules. Read More

Racehorse Drug Penalty System Next Up in West Virginia

Officials will soon consider a penalty system for drug violations that dovetails with uniform model rules. Read More

Proposed Racehorse Drug Rules Debated in New York

Officials heard the pros and cons of having different medication rules for Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds. Read More

EHV Scare at Pennsylvania Racetrack

A barn was quarantined due to a suspected EHV case, but quickly released when the horse tested negative. Read More

Parx Racing EHV-1 Quarantine Lifted

The quarantine of two barns began in early November 2013 when a horse tested positive for EHV-1. Read More

Study Looks at Racehorses' Transitions to Second Careers

The study indicates indicates a large percentage of horses are acquired from their owners, not auctions. Read More

Booklet on Maryland Racehorse Medication Guidelines Released

The booklet lists 24 therapeutic medications with their withdrawal times and threshold levels. Read More

Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Awards $1M in Grants

More than 20 accredited racehorse retirement facilities will share in $1 million in grants. Read More

Racehorse Drug Testing Not Without Its Challenges

Out-of-competition drug testing has broad support, but some issues have made use difficult for regulators Read More

Multi-Breed Racehorse Drug Uniformity No Easy Task

The Ohio State Racing Commission indicated it's not prepared to adopt a uniform national drug policy. Read More

Kentucky Drug Panel Okays Model Rule for Most Breeds

The drug council recommended the KHRC adopt the national uniform medication rules for Thoroughbred racing. Read More

EHV-1 Case Brings Quarantine at Parx Racing

Two barns at Parx Racing are under quarantine as a result of a positive test for equine herpesvirus. Read More

USTA Creates Medication Advisory Committee

The United States Trotting Association (USTA) has created its own Medication Advisory Committee. Read More

Breeders' Cup: No Expense Spared on Integrity

Breeders' Cup believes it is prepared in the areas of horse safety and security for the World Championships. Read More

Massachusetts Adopts Uniform Racehorse Drug Regulations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously to adopt uniform medication and drug-testing rules. Read More

Racetracks, Industry Groups Push for Model Drug Rules

More than 50 tracks and organizations signed a letter supporting the model rules and drug-testing reform. Read More

Foreman: Drug Uniformity Won't Be Sidetracked

A uniform medication rule proponent says the USTA's move to drop out of the RMTC won't derail the effort. Read More

USTA Says No to Model Rules, Leaves RMTC

The United States Trotting Association (USTA), citing breed differences, ended its membership in the RMTC. Read More

Florida Horsemen Collaborating on Economic Impact Study

After the Ky. Equine Survey results were released, Florida horsemen are collaborating on their own study. Read More

Ohio Eyes Changes in Racehorse Drug Policy and Testing

OSRC is moving forward to adopt drug-testing threshold levels as part of national model rules, Read More

WVRC Adopts Animal Cruelty Policy

The racing commission approved a cruelty policy that relies heavily on existing practices and state law. Read More

Medication Reforms Carry Sense of Urgency

The Jockey Club recommended that all U.S. racing jurisdictions pledge to adopt a uniform medication program. Read More

The Jockey Club to Help Fund Racehorse Drug Testing

The Jockey Club will provide funds to some racing jurisdictions to step up out-of-competition drug testing. Read More

RMTC: Confidentiality in Research Necessary

An official explains why confidentiality is used when setting medication thresholds and withdrawal times. Read More

Kentucky Racing Officials: New Drug Policy Is Working

Regulatory administration of race-day anti-bleeding medication has provided a clearer picture of drug testing. Read More